Certificate in Personalized Medicine for Pharmacy Students

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Certificate in Personalized Medicine for Pharmacy Students

The Certificate in Personalized Medicine is designed to prepare students to use pharmacogenomic and genomic data in their future clinical practice. Students will gain a general genomic and molecular biology background as well as valuable experience applying genomic data to patient scenarios and an understanding of practical issues affecting genomic medicine implementation, including clinical laboratory testing, informatics, and ethical, legal, and social issues. Those awarded the certificate should have the skills necessary to effectively use pharmacogenomic information to personalize treatment for patients within their clinical practice.

This certificate is only available to Pharm.D. students attending the UF College of Pharmacy.

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Program Leadership:

Julio Duarte, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Phone: 352-273-8132 or Email: juliod@cop.ufl.edu

 


Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge related to molecular mechanisms by which genomic variation affects drug response
  2. Use expert guidelines and the scientific literature to identify gene-drug pairs that may have sufficient evidence for implementation into clinical practice
  3. Interpret genetic test results into clinically actionable recommendations for patients and fellow clinicians

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the certificate program, students should meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of at least one semester within the PharmD curriculum
  2. No grades less than “C-“ in any course within the PharmD curriculum
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0

Application Process

Students are encouraged to apply in fall of the 2PD year, but should apply no later than the 3PD fall semester. Applications must be submitted by the posted deadline to be considered.

Deadline for Fall 2019 Application:

November 4, 2019 @ 11:59pm

Curriculum

In addition to successful completion of the Pharm.D. degree, students must pass (with a grade of “C” or better) the following required and elective courses, totaling at least 10 credits to be awarded a Certificate in Personalized Medicine upon graduation from the UF College of Pharmacy.  In addition to the courses below, students in the certificate program will have the opportunity to participate in approximately 2-3 discussions/activities per year focused on personalized/precision medicine.

Required Courses (7-9 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours Notes
PHA5933: Clinical Applications of Personalized Medicine 2 Offered in Spring Semester
PHA5040: Pharmacogenomic Literature Assessment 1 Offered in the Fall Semester
Select one of the following: PHA5767 OR PHA5907
PHA5767: Non-Patient Care Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (focus on Personalized Medicine) 6 APPE rotations count for 6 credits
PHA5907: Research in Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research (focus on Personalized Medicine) 4 Credits can be obtained over multiple semesters

Elective Courses (Select at least 3 credit hours, from below)

Course Credit Hours Notes
PHA5930: Seminar in Pharmacy Research 2 Offered in the fall semester
PHA5929: UF Precision Medicine Conference 1 Offered in the spring Semester
PHA 6134: Foundations in Precision Medicine: Genomic Technologies 1 Offered online every semester outside of block tuition. Estimated cost: $575 (contact Student Affairs to enroll)
GMS 5224: Foundations in Precision Medicine: Medical Molecular Genetics 1 Offered online every semester outside of block tuition. Estimated cost: $575 (contact Student Affairs to enroll)
PHC 6598: Foundations in Precision Medicine: Genetic Epidemiology 1 Offered online every semester outside of block tuition. Estimated cost: $575 (contact Student Affairs to enroll)
PHA 6746: Patient Education and Communication in the Era of Precision Medicine 1 Offered online outside of block tuition. Estimated cost: $575 (contact Student Affairs to enroll)
PHA 6136: Clinical Applications of Precision Medicine: Oncology 2 Offered online outside of block tuition. Estimated cost: $1150 (contact Student Affairs to enroll)
PHA 6613: Clinical Applications of Precision Medicine: Precision Health 3 Offered online outside of block tuition. Estimated cost: $1725 (contact Student Affairs to enroll)
PHA5907: Research in Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research (focus on Personalized Medicine) 1-4 If not used to meet the course requirement listed above
PHA5767: Non-Patient Care Elective Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (focus on Personalized Medicine) 6 If not used to meet the course requirement listed above

Other Training Programs for Pharm.D. Students

These programs are available to Pharm.D. students attending UF and other pharmacy colleges.

SURF Program

Pharmacy students interested in gaining valuable precision medicine research experience can explore summer research opportunities with UF College of Pharmacy faculty. The Summer Undergraduate Research at Florida, or SURF, program invites prospective Ph.D. students to attend an intensive 10-week summer program in Gainesville to help further their path toward enrolling in a Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. SURF provides the opportunity to work with a premier faculty adviser and a senior Ph.D. student mentor.

Intensive Summer Research Program

The UF College of Pharmacy offers an Intensive Summer Research Program that features faculty specializing in precision medicine. The eight-week program is designed to help students gauge their interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree following completion of their Pharm.D. The program includes participation in journal club and laboratory group meetings, oral presentation of the research and a poster session at end of the program. Students will receive a stipend but will not receive any academic credit.

APPE Opportunities

Pharmacy students at the University of Florida and other colleges/schools of pharmacy (as space permits) may pursue an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) in precision medicine. This experience is led by Emily Cicali, PharmD, BCPS, a clinical assistant professor, who has experience with clinical implementation of pharmacogenetics through the UF Health Precision Medicine Program. UF pharmacy students should indicate their interest in this experience during the APPE scheduling process and non-UF students should contact Drs. Cicali or Arwood for additional information and rotation availability. Priority is given to UF students enrolled in the Certificate in Personalized Medicine.

Personalized Medicine Certificate Program Application

  • Before completing, please confirm you meet all of the eligibility requirements for the program, which can be found at: https://curriculum.pharmacy.ufl.edu/curriculum-courses/personalized-medicine-certificate/ Courses that are eligible for certificate credit can also be found at this site.

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